When it comes to dental hygiene we are not the best, but also not the worst. I feel like when we were kids we had all those crazy tricks, remember that stuff that made anywhere you didn't brush in your mouth totally bright pink! I'm sure it was not the best for us but I used to get totally freaked when I saw what I thought was good brushing only to find my mouth totally PINK! and flossing... forget it! I had a friend named Jenny Morgan (spelled incorrectly in case she doesn't want to be related to this article) she had gorgeous white and beautiful teeth! I was so envious, I even remember when she had braces... still gorgeous. Well guess what, she still has gorgeous teeth and guess what else, she FLOSSES!
So as I get on in my years I am picking up flossing at a bit of a stronger pace - so of course like any mom my kids have to do it too! We are now a floss-friendly family. So when Plackers came to me and said "would you write a blog about flossing and we will send you some flossers", I said "HECK-YA!"
Now even before they contacted me what they don't know is that we USED Plackers! I even use the mouth guards they make because I have also picked up the wonderful habit of grinding my teeth at night, oh man since 2008 if I would have been smart I should have taken STOCK in Plackers, because who the heck doesn't grind their teeth! Well if your kids don't really think they need to floss just hand them these cute colorful flossers! Perfectly sized for kids teeth, because sometimes the adult ones are just too big.
Plus.. I don't know about your kids but when something is just for them, it's better! Just like that!
I have also found a tooth brush that I am a bit obsessed about - so this is probably a good time to tell you about them, they are called MouthWatchers. I recently traveled and forgot my toothbrush and couldn't find Mouth Watchers and I used another one and it made me realized how incredible these toothbrushes are! I used to be one of those people that could grind down and toothbrush pretty quickly but this toothbrush helps with that and you can lightly brush and still feel incredibly clean. We all use them now! The BEST! here is their website.
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Happy Dental Hygiene to you and your family!
Recently, a friend of mine gave me a copy of the Food 52 - Genius Recipes and I am just crazy about it! I immediately started making things from their wonderful recipes. Each recipe is from a list of greats like Julia Child (I just made her zucchini gratin with my overload of zucchini from the farm), Hervé This on chocolate and so many more... Last night I made the Hervé This Chocolate Mousse that is simply made with water (it's a Molecular thing)... it turned out incredibly amazing!
So obviously you can see a trend here... Food 52 goes on my list with recipes from Martha Stewart, Ottolenghi and the Fat Radish cookbook as my favorites! They also list my go-to summer recipe that I use for just about everything during the summer. Their Toasted Orecchiette with Zucchini, Corn, and Crème Fraîche recipe is one what I thought I created, but I guess not, but I make it all summer long with whatever vegetables I have on hand. Lately I have taken out the pasta part and just make a nice grilled fish, tofu or sausages and then serve with vegetables made in this simple way, with a bit of crème fraiche, pepper and lemon to make them more interesting.
Then I found that Food 52 has everything! Their website is a bit like a Crate and Barrel for the kitchen only, with EVERYTHING for the kitchen, cook books, and well just believe me when I say EVERYTHING you could ever want in a beautifully photographed website (and NO I do not work for them! haha). My reason for writing this blog was not to talk about the food, but I have a hard time not going there... but to tell you that whatever I don't have for kids, they have on their website! They have great kitchen-type things for kids and it's a great place to get lovely gifts for that budding Chef in your family! Just cute as can be.... link to kids here.
I don't know about you but just about every day at 5pm it's time for a dip in the ocean no matter what's going on! (Well, if I'm in the store it's 6pm) And there is nothing better for kids and beach than WOVENPLAY! Honestly, I don't think there is anything cuter at the beach than Wovenplay... Your kids will turn heads in the sun suit, the Jada or the Lola and even for boys she made a super swim short!
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The new Many Moons workbook is IN STOCK! Just a few copies left! This book has changed so many things for me, she makes it easy to follow along and work on things at your own pace. I love to read about what the moon brings to us each month, it's obviously such a powerful planetary force. It has an effect on our moods, our menstruation, and our relationship to others AND ourselves. I truly feel if we work with the moon to bring into focus our thoughts and desires it only strengthens the chances of them to become a reality.
Sarah will help you to find what you are looking for by asking questions which you can write down in your workbook to keep forever. You can watch as your relationship with your needs and desires gets stronger. She will help you focus on what your heart is telling you and I feel I live more peacefully, day to day, using her book to help guide me.
I love her ceremonies, and can't imagine life without them. It has made meditating easier for me (could never do it before) and it makes me take a a special moment for me and the moon when we get together to cast a spell of love and peace!
link to books HERE
During the summer we like to take little jaunty trips, it's so easy in the summer to decide last minute and jump out of town for a night or so (as long as you are going Mon - Fri, weekends take more planning).. just to get the feeling of getting away. I do it a lot with myself and my kids because my husband travels a bunch and me and the kids travel well together (if I do say so myself) as long as I get to pick the destination! (my husband is the one who takes them to Disneyland etc...) One of our favorite trips is to the Hamptons or Montauk.
|small shelter island ferryboat|
|Booth at Art Southampton|
For us Rhode Islanders it's so easy.... all we do is hop on a ferryboat and get ourselves onto the island. We don't do a lot of planning because we know there is tons of traffic, you never know where you are going to get stuck - the important thing is to keep your eyes open when you are there because there is always something fun going on! This weekend we did know that there was the Art Southampton show (my husband shows there :) so we were all set with our destination. What a show! it's a great place to see new and emerging art - great for kids because there is that combination of new artists mixed with old, you can play some games like "who's your favorite?" "find the peace sign!" or my favorite... "count how many hearts you see and whoever see's the most WINS!"
|a bit of Mickey|
We DID spend a bit too much time in traffic this particular trip, so on our way back we hit a destination I have been WAITING to check out... The Chequit! On Shelter Island, what a cute, amazingly appointed hotel with a staff that is as friendly as can be... We had an early dinner before we jumped onto the ferryboat for our ride home and I am going back for more as soon as I can!
|early dinner at Chequit|
I am a bit of a picky customer when it comes to where I eat and where I stay, especially when I am on a get-away because I know when I get home I am going to advise you-all and I want to give you the best info for your perfect trip! This is your spot... gorgeous room, perfect dining, a cute little shop I just loved it all. It's also nice and quiet, I HATE crowds and I LOVE nice people... the staff was amazing, so nice to my kids and I we loved them!
I also think it would be a delightful place to get away from kids if you wanted a little romantic place to explore you sure could do it here!
For more info on the Chequit or the delightful owners Salt Hotels (who also have properties in Provincetown) visit their website to learn more!
We had so much fun with Jann Cheifitz of Lucky Fish at our Print Workshop at the shop! It was a beautiful day and we set up tables outside in front of the store and got out the printing tools! What F U N, and as a side note it was SO much fun we are doing it again, printing, laughing and being creative all together.
We thought people would need t-shirts from us but most brought old t-shirts to UP CYCLE! We all printed on the clothes we were wearing and more... it was a real day of creation. Some of our favorite results came from printing on the clothes we were wearing, I printed a few on my favorite Layla kurta! and we even got some skirt prints.. it was a blast!
The older kids got into the action and pulled out their Jackson Pollock... They splatter painted all over their T's and made some great works of their own! We made scarves, pillows, and whatever came out of the bag! Next time we want to see you HERE at the Lucky Fish PRINT WORKSHOP!
shop Lucky Fish t's here
Lucky Fish for WOMEN here